- Tom Steele
What are the laws governing the use of charcoal or gas grills, hibachis, etc. to grill food on your (or your rented) apartment's terrace? Building rooftop? Specifically, what are the "smoke" laws covering such cooking? I don't have a terrace, but I can dream!
Even if someone could provide a web site or phone number to find out about this, I'd be grateful.
The Times usually does an article every couple of years about what the the regulations are, and how no one pays any attention to them.
From what I remember, propane is the biggest no-no--you're not even allowed to bring it into the city. I think charcoal grilling is OK if you're a certain number of feet from anything combustible--10 or 15--which basically means it's impossible to do it legally on New York-sized terraces. Fire escapes are never allowed. Roofs might be possible.
But hey, if you're dreaming about having a terrace, you might as well dream about flouting the laws too.